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Obama hits Ferraro comments

Could you please link to Michelle Obama's entire thesis? I appreciate that you raised this issue and I would like to read her words directly, and form my own conclusions. You've stated your feelings with strong emotion. If it is based in impartial fact, it's worth listening to. I'm trying to determine if that is the case. It sounds like you, personally, have found it alarming based on your own personal beliefs. You talk about Ms. Obama's "obsession ". Was this noted in feedback and commentary about her article at the time it was published, or is this your evaluation? You use the terms "laments " and "horrified " which are designed to rile emotion. Again, are those conclusions from those who read her article, or yours? If the former, could you please provide links? Your conclusion, "She sees black people and white people eternally conflicted with one another," is one possibility, but so are there others. Other reasons for her thesis' conclusion are a concern that those who complete college may lose touch with any struggles they may have had, and thus, no longer desire or lose the ability to help those who might need mentoring to follow in their footsteps. We may have an incomplete picture here. Has there been any clarification on this, either in a direct statement from Ms. Obama, or in interviews in credible publications?  (Mar 12, 2008 | post #143)

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Obama hits Ferraro comments

Please do more research and post accurate info. Obama's original opponent for US Senate, Jack Ryan, was, in fact discredited by his divorce records. Those records had been sealed by court order, but were unsealed when the _Chicago Tribune_ brought suit to open them. I remember local commentary noting the irony of the fallout - a suit brought by a supposedly Republican-leaning newspaper, ostensibly to help a Republican opponent of Ryan's in the party primary, that instead helped the _Democrat_ opponent. Hoist by their own petard, I guess.  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #140)

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Obama hits Ferraro comments

Huh? Now here's a thought - imagine that Obama is a white woman, just like Hilary. No race, no gender to distinguish them, just their ideas and goals for leading all of us ordinary citizens. I wonder what criteria Ms. Ferraro used to determine that Obama's chances were nil. Anyone have more info on this?  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #132)

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Obama hits Ferraro comments

Would you be willing to share what discipline your degree is in and whether you support McCain or Clinton (or will you stay home on voting day as I've heard commented)? I've observed some trends, but have yet to see academic or investigative reports on this aspect. Thanks.  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #128)

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Obama hits Ferraro comments

hawkinca wrote: <quoted text>You couldn't have a more appropriate name. Just keep saying lies long enough and eventually dumb people will believe them. It's the Clinton campaign theme. Why do you think Obama gets the more educated voter and Clinton the high school drop outsHawk made an overly-broad generalization, but your response is simply your personal opinion and did not address the statistics. I'm an Obama supporter without a college degree, so I don't conform either. The data Hawk was referring to showed greater percentages of those with a college degree supported Obama, while those without supported Hillary. A relevant point that hasn't been discussed is if there is any trend in college-degreed voter's preferences for McCain, Clinton or Obama by the discipline they got their degrees in. Would you share what your majors were? Thanks.  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #124)

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Obama hits Ferraro comments

Bingo! He worked for comparatively little profit when in the private sector, and is unfriendly to lobbyists. I see him as the best bet to clean financial house in DC. I, my husband, and two of my sisters all support Obama, but if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, we're all voting for McCain. We simply don't believe in dynastic government.  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #109)

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Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon

Mohammad cartoon and related article from English version of Jyllands-Posten: <http://jp.dk/u knews/article12631 33.ece> Gallery of all twelve cartoons republished in Ekstra Bladet. <http://ekstrab ladet.dk/gallerier /nyheder/article97 4093.ece>  (Feb 13, 2008 | post #44)

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Suburb's 'shattered dream'

QUOTE who="Agreed "]<quoted text> It's simple economics. Regardless of who is to blame, lowering the standards for who can buy a home raises the demand. As a result, prices go up. My husband and I were in the exact same position--when we actually had enough money to buy a home, we did...but by then the prices had skyrocketed. And now they're falling again. So here we are paying for a house that cost more than what it's worth. Where's MY check?[/QUOTE] A house used to be a home people purchased to live and raise a family in over a number of years. When our economy gradually passed from classic capitalism into consumerism, houses began to be viewed more as investment commodities that you just happened to live in for a couple of years, wait for the market to go up, then sell at a profit. Some people even bought multiple houses, tightening supply and exacerbating the costs. That this was a bubble waiting to burst was readily apparent to anyone who watched the stock market tech sector balloon, then burst. The investors speculated, driving up demand, then the savvy ones bailed with a profit leaving the average guy holding the bag. Real estate used the same mechanism - everything must _grow_. What ever happened to stability? If you bought your property as homes, you still have a place for the long term. Whether or not the appraised value has gone down isn't relevant. If you bought speculating that the property value would increase, why did you expect to be guaranteed this would happen? It's all part of free market capitalism. You agreed to pay at a set price and can still afford it, so why are you upset?  (Feb 1, 2008 | post #204)

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Sons of drag racer Doug Herbert killed in traffic accident

It's not clear what happened since the article is awkwardly written: "the Mazda that Herbert's children were in attempted to pass a third car when it went out of control." Did they attempt to pass an out-of-control third car or did their Mazda go out of control while attempting to pass a third car? How very sad to lose two so young.  (Jan 26, 2008 | post #7)

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Heavy rain follows tornadoes

Hey Tribune, what gives? Your reporters are editing articles on the fly; instead of adding new, updated info as new articles, they're simply cannibalizing large chuncks from already published articles, sometimes slapping on a new title, and ditching the comments. The original article, "Rare tornadoes rake the area", is now only in a print archive form. The online version is now titled "Taste of spring gets bite from tornadoes", is only accessible from the Weather page, and has been stripped of its comments. Perhaps the reporters were trying to hide comments that critiqued their writing by simply removing them. Well, the problem doesn't go away by hiding it. I've copied the relevant quotes from the original article. The original comments are at <http://www.top ix.net/forum/sourc e/chicago-tribune/ TRD15TCMTVF8JH7V6# comments> (The first two address the article; the subsequent three started off on a tangental rant about global warming which is irrelevant to this "weather " as opposed to "climate " event.) "A glorious, springlike day ended with an angry, springlike storm" - first line. I'm not kidding. "winter-weary Chicagoans shed their heavy coats and ventured outside ..." - umm...winter just started? "Their bliss was short-lived, ..." - just who was blissful about this? Speak for yourself privately, but leave it out of a news report which is supposedly based on facts. At least that's the ideal. I suspect many, not just me, were watching the anomalous weather with concern rather than delight, born out when all ---- broke loose. These reporter's comments are personal "opinions " and have no bearing on the facts of what happened during these storms. We readers don't need to be told what to think; we can draw our own conclusions based on our own individual experiences. Please just give us plain old-fashioned solid reporting.  (Jan 8, 2008 | post #6)

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Heavy rain follows tornadoes

Comments from <http://www.top ix.net/forum/sourc e/chicago-tribune/ TRD15TCMTVF8JH7V6# comments  (Jan 8, 2008 | post #5)

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Heavy rain follows tornadoes

Original comments from <http://www.top ix.net/forum/sourc e/chicago-tribune/ TRD15TCMTVF8JH7V6# commentsQUOTE who="Barney "]Yep, we broke the planet alright, but we shouldn't have to deal with this weirdness this time of year. We get the most severe weather through the calendar, whether it's cold in the winter or hot and humid in the summer or chaos in between. We never get a break and most of us who grew up here take pride in that. Those who think we deserve 65 in the first week of January should move back to California. We take the warmth as a gift but know damn well there is a price to pay for it.[/QUOTE]  (Jan 8, 2008 | post #4)

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Heavy rain follows tornadoes

Hey Tribune, what gives? Your reporters are editing articles on the fly; instead of adding new, updated info as new articles, they're simply cannibalizing large chuncks from already published articles, sometimes slapping on a new title, and ditching the comments. It happens a lot lately. I never know if an article has new, relevant info, or if it's simply a retread of something I've already read. The original article, "Rare tornadoes rake the area", is now only in a print archive form. The online version is now titled "Taste of spring gets bite from tornadoes", is only accessible from the Weather page, plus it has been stripped of its comments. Perhaps the reporters were trying to hide comments that critiqued their writing by simply removing them. Well, the problem doesn't go away by hiding it. I've copied the relevant quotes from the original article and the first two comments (the subsequent three started off on a tangental rant about global warming which is irrelevant to this "weather " as opposed to "climate " event.) "A glorious, springlike day ended with an angry, springlike storm" - first line. I'm not kidding. "winter-weary Chicagoans shed their heavy coats and ventured outside ..." - umm...winter just started? "Their bliss was short-lived, ..." - just who was blissful about this? Speak for yourself privately, but leave it out of a news report which is supposedly based on facts. At least that's the ideal. I suspect many, not just me, were watching the anomalous weather with concern rather than delight, born out when all ---- broke loose. These reporter's comments are personal "opinions " and have no bearing on the facts of what happened during these storms. We readers don't need to be told what to think; we can draw our own conclusions based on our own individual experiences. Please just give us plain old-fashioned solid reporting.  (Jan 8, 2008 | post #3)

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Rare tornadoes rake the area

"Glorious? " On whose planet? The reporters' implication is that if you don't agree that the warmth was wonderful, then somehow that's not normal. Well, my and many other people's normal is what's typical weather for the season in this region, each season in it's turn. Family, friends, coworkers and a half dozen folks at local stores - except for one skinny little woman my husband talked to - all said the weather was messed up and not fun, and they meant both the tornados _and_ the warmth. Since this girl's built like a polar bear, my glorious day in January is 15 degrees F and softly falling snow; my husband says he feels most invigorated with life when it's sunny and 10 degrees F. His conclusion about folks who hate winter is, they were either raised in a warmer climate, descended from ancestors who were from warmer climates, or are 98 pounds dripping wet. His recommendation for the latter is to frequently feed them a big ol' cheeseburger from a Wisconsin custard joint. Just please stop assuming everyone likes warmth out of season and stick to the facts. The Kenosha tornado hit barely more than a mile from where my husband and I live. Fortunately, we were both in Lake county at the time, but concern about what we'd find when we got home was not fun. I've been within eye- or earshot of at least eight tornados that that I can recall. Around here, you expect them in the spring and summer, but not the dead of winter. For seasoned weather-savy residents of these northern regions, there's nothing glorious about a springlike day in January since it invariably causes the climatic/climactic chaos like we witnessed today. Edward's Orchard in Poplar Grove has been a family destination for 34 years. We were there just this fall, and so much enjoyed the warmth of everyone who works the autumn harvest (and of the phenomenal cider donuts). I was so sad to hear from my sister in Rockford that most of the buildings were destroyed, and saw images off the Rockford Register Star webpage. The Hall's attitude toward this disaster was so uplifting - it's just property damage...the trees were spared. The old barns may be gone, but we went for the joy of the experience, and that can never be destroyed. We'll be back again next year.  (Jan 8, 2008 | post #1)

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1st face transplant patient makes progress

Reports were that she overdosed on sleeping pills in an attempted suicide. Part of the controversy in this transplant was that the face she received was from a woman who died by suicide.  (Dec 16, 2007 | post #12)

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